CANCELLED UNTIL MAY: 3-day Art Academy for 7-10 year olds

Buy tickets

Events cancelled from 19 March to 1 May 2020

art academy group pic


Until Thursday 9 April

Tuesday 14 April - Thursday 16 April

Tuesday 26 May - Thursday 28 May

Tuesday 21 July - Thursday 23 July

Tuesday 28 July - Thursday 30 July

Tuesday 4 August - Thursday 6 August

Tuesday 11 August - Thursday 13 August

Tuesday 18 August - Thursday 20 August

Tuesday 27 October - Thursday 29 October

Visitor information

Events cancelled from 19 March to 1 May 2020


10am - 3pm 

(early drop off available from 9.30am, late collection available until 4pm)


£75* per child (plus booking fee)

*An additional charge of £25 applies if participating in Explore Arts Award and/or booking for early drop off and late collection.


Following new advice in response to the COVID 19 pandemic and in line with other cultural organisations, we have taken the difficult decision to close the Laing Art Gallery from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March.

This is provisionally until 1 May 2020 but we will be reviewing the situation and updating if anything changes.

Please sign up to our emails at and check our social media channels and website so we can keep you up to date with what’s going on.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in due course.

The Laing’s popular Art Academy sessions for 7-10 year olds run over three days in the school holidays. Young people will have the opportunity to explore the galleries and try out a range of art techniques which may include painting with acrylics and watercolours, drawing and illustrating, sculpting with clay and experimenting with printmaking.

Please bring a packed lunch. 

*There is also the opportunity for participants to achieve the nationally accredited Explore Level Arts Award, at an additional cost. More information about the Arts Award can be found on their website:

Please note: Completed Arts Award portfolios have to moderated by Trinity College London which can take some time. Therefore young people will not receive their certificates immediately after the Art Academy. 

We aim to be fully inclusive and children and visitors with additional needs are welcome. If you'd like to have an informal conversation with a tutor or member of the team before booking please email

Parent review:

'I just wanted to thank you and your team for the Art Academy...prior to last week my son was not all that keen on art and perceived himself to be “rubbish” at it. However, roll forward a week and the sense of both achievement and more crucially pride in his art work was immense..[my son] was so proud to display his work and talk about the techniques and styles used...the positivity and enthusiasm together with encouragement from the Academy is just wonderful.'